Members of the youth wing of the Indonesian Communist Party are taken to prison in 1965. Photo: AP

America has come to terms with Indonesia’s past. Why can’t Indonesians?

The US has declassified documents regarding the 1965 coup that led to 500,000 deaths and the fall of Sukarno. They make for chilling reading

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Members of the youth wing of the Indonesian Communist Party are taken to prison in 1965. Photo: AP
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Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.